From politics, race, gender, and money – to work, relationships, and family — conversations are complex and can feel like a labyrinth. Experts Elisa Camahort Page and Thaler Pekar, in conversation with communications leader Chanel Cathey, connect the dots from their leadership, management, and media expertise to guide you in confidently facilitating conversations that strengthen trust and result in personal and professional growth.
About Thaler Pekar
Thaler Pekar is a pioneer in narrative and communication and a global keynote speaker. Both the BBC and the Smithsonian Institution hail Thaler as one of the world’s leading experts on institutional storytelling. For 17 years, she and her team at Thaler Pekar & Partners have advised leaders around the world and across sectors on gaining confidence, insight, and influence.
Thaler Pekar & Partners’ work ranges from producing hundreds of oral histories and award-winning videos, to institutionalizing the use of her trademarked communication process, Heart, Head & Hand®, at several Fortune 500 companies.
Thaler is a visiting professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University Executive Masters program. Her influential work on the ethics of working with story, participatory narrative emergence, and story elicitation is featured in six books.
Thaler is a longtime resident of Hoboken, NJ and a more recent resident of Unadilla, NY. She serves on the Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission and is a board member of the Hoboken Historical Museum. Thaler always crosses the street to walk on the sunny side.
About Elisa Camahort Page, Principal, ElisaCP Consulting, Author of Road Map for Revolutionaries, and former Co-founder, BlogHer, Inc.
Best-known as the founding COO of BlogHer, Inc, Elisa was there at the birth of the social web revolution, building a grassroots phenomenon into a national women’s media brand with 100 million web users, and thousands of conference goers. After selling BlogHer and leaving the acquiring company, Elisa turned her attention to social and civic engagement in the wake of the 2016 election, becoming the co-author of Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All and host of The Op-Ed Page podcast and the This Week-ish newsletter. Elisa is now a consultant, entrepreneurial coach, and content creator, dedicated to helping people and companies figure out how to operate at the intersection of technology, media, inclusivity, and social impact.
About Chanel Cathey, Founder and CEO, CJC Insights
Chanel is the Founder and CEO of CJC Insights, an award-winning strategic communications and public relations agency headquartered in New York City. She puts brands and thought leaders on the map and counsels businesses on communications and press strategies. She is a builder and storyteller with a passion for partnering with female founders and BIPOC and minority-owned businesses. Chanel was named to the Forbes Next 1000 list, The Observer’s PR Power 50 List, and received the 2020 ADCOLOR Change Agent Award for using her talents to enhance corporate cultures and create more inclusive industries. Her work has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes, Ad Age, PR News, and more. She is a contributor for Fast Company and a member of The Female Founder Collective and the ForbesWomen Forum.
She is on the Advisory Board for the Wall Street Journal’s Women in the Workplace Series, helping to curate national events and conversations around the future of women and work. Chanel is also on the Advisory Board for TheLi.st, an exclusive women’s community of pioneers across media, technology, entrepreneurship, and business. She’s a member of the industry networking organization, The PR Net, where she started the organization’s BIPOC mentorship program to recruit more people of color into public relations. Previously, she co-founded ELEVEN, a women’s leadership and empowerment network. She co-chaired the Advisory Board for She’s The First, a nonprofit organization that advances educational opportunities for women and girls. Chanel was appointed to the Board of Directors for the AIDS advocacy organization, Lifebeat, and is an active member of the Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumni Association.
Prior to starting her own agency, Chanel served as the Director of Corporate Communications at Viacom. In this role, she managed internal and external communications strategy across an iconic portfolio that includes MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Comedy Central, Paramount Pictures, and more. She led strategic communications for ad sales, integrated marketing, data and insights, diversity, innovation, and corporate marketing. Chanel also spent time in media relations for ABC News and for Unilever. She graduated from Fordham University and received her MPA specializing in Management and Policy from New York University.
About The Li.st
TheLi.st is a private community of innovators, pioneers, disruptors and connectors across media, technology, entrepreneurship and business.
We are devoted to helping each other achieve and succeed and we are united by the drive to make big things happen—for ourselves, for each other, and in the world.
By amplifying the power of our individual networks and collective expertise, we unlock unparalleled opportunities, drive greater visibility, and tap into our deepest potential.